Le Gîte des Pêcheries
sur l’Ile d’Albe
17430 Muron, France
Enjoy the peace of the countryside at the Pêcheries, surrounded by traditionally managed wet grasslands with grazing cattle, magnificent sunsets, and birds on this important migration route. Swallows arrive at the end of March, several nightingales nest around the house as of April, Golden orioles in the garden as of May, Turtle doves nesting in the garden, Hoopoes, Cuckoos, Night herons can be seen around the pond near the house.
The gîte Les Pêcheries is perched on the western side of an ancient island in the Golfe de Saintonge, Ile d’Albe; 2000 years ago the sea was lapping at its feet and Muron was an important Roman town.
Explore the magnificent Romanesque churches on the route to St. Jacques de Compostello. The ports of Rochefort (10 km) and La Rochelle (40 km) have great historic interest, and Brouage (34 km) once a port is now several km inland.
Numerous islands big and small are scattered along the coast, accessible by bridges: Ré, Oléron, or by ferry for Aix, and even on foot at low tide to Ile Madame.
Come and enjoy this diversity of nature and culture in Charente-Maritime and relax in Les Pêcheries. We look forward to your visit!
The far end of the old stables, perpendicular to the main house (see aerial photo) has been restored to create a single storey cottage (c.54m²), an ideal place to stay, especially for children and seniors.
It sleeps 4 with a shower/WC; an open-plan, well-equipped kitchen/eating area separated by an American-style bar from a spacious sitting room with a wood-burning stove; electric radiators in all rooms.
The kitchen is equipped with a fridge, microwave, electric kettle, coffee machine, toaster, gas cooker, and all the necessary crockery and cutlery for 4 people. A freezer and washing machine are available.
There is a terrace equipped with table and chairs, sun loungers, and a parking area at 40m.
- 460 euros per week in high season (July- August)
- 360 euros per week in low season (April-June and September-November)
To discover the different periods and their availability, go to the section Book here below.
The price includes rent and utilities (water, and electricity. In the months of April, October-November the cost of these utilities will be additional).
The price does not include the tourist tax per person (0.90 euros/adult/night) nor the cleaning, obligatory at the end of the stay (fixed price 50 euros, a deposit of 50 euros will be requested).
A deposit of 300 euros will be requested and returned the day of leaving the premises except in case of damage, the period of return can then be extended to 15 days for assessment of damage.
Situated 200m beyond Ile d’Albe village, the small roads are quiet and one can walk or bicycle directly from the cottage. The bird migration in spring/early summer can be observed around the house as of April (we have over 60 species on our list, seen within 2 km); alternatively on the Atlantic Coast (20-60 min by car) there are three national nature reserves managed by LPO/BirdLife France (Marais d’Yves, Marais de Möeze/Oléron, Lilleau des Niges on Ile de Ré where other species like waders, duck, and Bluethroats can be seen in spring, and large numbers Brent geese in autumn. In Breuil Magné, La Cabane de Moins reserve is managed by the local hunting organisation. Spring also brings a variety of orchids along the roadsides, in the nearby fields, and even in the garden.
In the village of Muron, 3 km, there is an excellent bakery (croissants, baguettes, fruit tarts, etc., open 6 days a week), a grocery, a chemist, a post office, bar, and a good restaurant. Local food markets have a large variety of seafood, meat, vegetables, fruit and cheeses in Surgères (15 km) on Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday, and in Rochefort (12 km) on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. The historic town of Rochefort has the biggest market with an excellent choice of fish and other seafood, particularly on Saturdays.
Some ideas for what to see and do in this part of Charente-Maritime
Rochefort, this important naval base on the Atlantic Coast was established in the reign of Louis XIV under Colbert. It is the base for the Hermione, the reconstructed replica of the ship sailed by Lafayette to assist the Americans in their war of independence from the English. Other points of interest are the Corderie Royale (the building which housed the naval rope factory), Musée de la Marine, Maison de Pierre Loti – a well-known and eccentric writer born in the town.
Brouage was the fortified naval base which preceded Rochefort in importance during 17th C until it became land-locked due to sedimentation. The town has been restored beautifully. Its surroundings are an important wetland where biodiversity abounds; small, traffic-free roads make exploration on bikes ideal.
Surgères has a spectacular example of a recently restored Romanesque Church.
Fort Enet was constructed at the beginning of 19th C to keep the English at bay. It can be visited on foot at low tide (1.6km).
La Rochelle : once a walled town, the fortifications were destroyed after the siege in the early 17th C, by Cardinal Richelieu. Numerous Protestants escaped from La Rochelle to find new lives, some went as far as South Africa or America. La Rochelle contains the longest stretch of arcades in France, after Paris, and the Mayor’s office is most impressive (15th/16th C). The town boasts a remarkable Aquarium, a great activity on a wet day.
Fouras : a charming, small seaside town, very fashionable at the beginning of 20th C; one of the beaches has a seawater swimming pool, ideal at low tide. The ferry for Ile d’Aix leaves from the Pointe de la Fumée.